After over forty years of contribution to California State University-Stanislaus, Chi Alpha was derecognized as a student organization in September 2014. The derecognition was ordered and Chi Alpha was kicked off the campus when they refused to accept a policy that denied the local group the right to choose its leaders based on whether they believed in our mission and were Christian.
This issue quickly became national news and Chi Alpha under the guidance of Becket Law stepped into the…
A strategic part of leadership is knowing things need to change and the ability to navigate it. Often it is said that the most important characteristic to making change is having the courage to make the shifts. But I would suggest listening is just as important because it gives you a guide as to what needs to change and when.
I have served in the capacity of senior director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. for just over five years.…
My calling to university ministry began during the late Cretaceous period when velociraptors still roamed the grasslands of the great Midwest. That being said, I am often asked from my perspective that developed over eons of time what has changed the most since the early days of Chi Alpha. Simply put, the biggest change that has occurred is the pace of change.
This past January, the national leaders of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, U.S.A. realized we were quickly coming up…
Two-year-old Esther with bare feet, pigtails, a floral onesie,
and a huge grin stretched across her face came thundering around a church
corner, her mom scurrying to keep up. Both mom and daughter were weary yet
enjoying the pros of the conference life of an XA family.
A dad and preschool son, bachelors for the week while mom is
marching to her marketplace call, stand a few inches apart in a perfect unison
stance with smiles and sleepy eyes after…
When I first talked to my dad about pursuing seminary and obeying God’s call into ministry instead of going to law school, his words to me were, “Obey God in whatever He tells you to do. If he tells you to sit on a curb for Him, then do that.” Coming out of seminary, I recall turning down a well-paying, secure position at Evangel Temple to move to Montana as a Campus Missionary-in-Training (CMIT). Earthly wisdom would have been to…
There are generally two types of disciple-makers: those who
are excited and those who are exhausted.
Those who are excited are filled with energy because one of
their disciples is training to make disciples, reading good books about Jesus,
or continually making time to be with community. These leaders are excited
because they are seeing the reward of their investment.
This is in large contrast to the exhausted disciple-maker. The
exhausted disciple-maker’s small group has no interest in discovering
Jesus. His or…
Posted by The National Chi Alpha Ministry Center in Diversity
This post was originally posted on prettyforablackgirl.blogspot.com titled “How Did I Get Here?” that shares Nia’s testimony of how she made the decision to do the “big chop” and her journey of discovering her identity as a black woman in the Lord. Nia Campinha-Bacote formerly served as staff for Chi Alpha at Yale University.
Several people have asked me if there was a reason why I did the big chop. The answer is yes and it’s a long one. I want to use this post…
As I interact with different people regarding diversity issues, I often come across those who tell me they are color-blind. Now, this does not mean they cannot distinguish between green and red. I think what they are trying to say is that they see everyone the same; they don’t “see color.” This, I perceive, is a response to our history as a nation of dividing people into color groups and granting them privileges accordingly. Today we recognize that such a…
Chi Alpha is growing! The growth we have experienced isn’t just random, but rather strategic, deliberate, and Holy Spirit directed. For the 2013-2014 academic year, we had 668 affiliated Chi Alpha staff, and today we have 1,320. This substantive doubling of our staff is the result of a deliberate challenge to our students to consider campus ministry with Chi Alpha as a life vocation and bring the possibility before the Lord.
The growth in our missionary staff is also due…
Hello, my name is Rigoberto and I’m diverse. Okay, glad we
got that out of the way. I bet you’re dying to know if, as a Hispanic, I dream
in English or Spanish. The answer is both. Anything else you’d like to know
about my diversity before we continue?
Years ago, as a teenager, an older Caucasian woman asked me
a question about my dreams. I don’t fully recall the context of the
conversation, but I do recall what direction…